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For now, Bibi is best

I say as a left-winger

It’s easy to be angry at Netanyahu. He’s a hardcore capitalist and, on the one hand, has close Gay political friends and, on the other, ultra-right-winger Gay-haters. He is secular but always sought the fundamentalist-religious parties to form coalitions. He seems loyal to no one but himself and his family. He’s in nobody’s pocket, and that’s part of his strength.

On top of that, he was the PM longest in reign when the October-7 disaster happened. Surely, that makes him the first one responsible, no? If the bucket doesn’t stop at him, then at whom?

So be angry with me for siding with him here. But, if you can stand the facts, I want to point to some actualities that don’t fit this picture.

1. During COVID, he did the opposite of Trump and Capitalism. He prioritized a Jew worthy. He chose to protect lives first and then save the economy. He saved thousands of lives (and the economy), often against ivory-tower physicians’ advice that people always die, so free society. While Trump killed 1M, Netanyahu saved thousands. If he would have done what the West did, three times more Israelis would have died. He also warned other countries. Only the president of Austria believed him.

2. The only social worker in Israel whom I liked told me: I’m pleased when I file a report with a judge about the children in a divorce case when both parents are angry with me. I comfort myself thinking that if both are displeased, maybe I did a balanced job. A left-wing poll now found most people are dissatisfied with Bibi. That doesn’t mean he’s not doing well.

3. He messed up repeatedly, making deals with Hamas after each battle in the past, pressured by the Left and the US. The political consensus in Israel was that going all the way would just cost lives. At the beginning of the peace processes, even one of our greatest rabbis was in favor if it could save lives. (He recanted his sole position soon after he saw it didn’t work.) Only some rare hardliners, like Liberman, said: chase Hamas until they’re all dead. So for now, Bibi is the best to withstand pressure from the whole world, go after Hamas, and not quit until the job is done. When you fight cancer, you also want it eradicated until there is nothing left. His dovish stance in the past won’t look good in the history books unless they can report that, in the end, he saw his mistake and led the battle against Hamas until completion. Rabbi Nachman of Breslau says: If you can ruin it, believe you can repair it. After the war, his conduct and guilt will be professionally judged. Meanwhile, let him correct his mistake.

4. He is the only one who can say no to the extremists. He blocked Ben Gvir when he wanted to stoke tensions on Ramadan. He said to hurting family members of the kidnapped that their release has the highest priority but not at any price. You don’t make friends like that but the critical media should notice, report, and praise him for setting limits.

5. He lies, twists, spins, bluffs, and he must. You can’t win a war if you’re a goody-two-shoe politician. In the beginning, his colleagues got rid of him because he was never good for his word. That taught him you don’t lie to the ones you work with amicably. But as soon as someone goes against him, he’ll double-cross him in every way possible. I don’t blame him. Rabin OBM shook hands with Arafat while he still worked toward exterminating the Jewish People. Idealism is nice, but the Sages already warn us: If you’re nice to the cruel, you’ll end up being cruel to the nice. He abandoned the holy Jews on the West Bank because they were electorally negligible.

6. Of course, it was easier when a left-winger like Simon Peres took out the Iranian nuclear reactor than a right-winger like Bibi. Biden is a Zionist but allergic to right-wing Bibi. But then Bibi sent the left-wing future PM Gantz to Washington to convince Biden. And when that wasn’t enough, he sent LoO ultra-left-winger Lapid. He, too, knows what the Bible says: There is a time for war, and there is a time for peace. If the Allies had turned pacifists in the middle of the fight against Hitler, all of Europe would have fallen to Stalin, who then would have completed the Holocaust. We are duly warned that the withdrawal from Gaza now is not the end of the battle there. Not all hostages are freed yet, and the battle for Rafach is coming.

7. The job is likely not done with Hamas. All of Israel knows that. After that, comes neutralizing the Iranian atomic threat. It doesn’t matter if the US or Israel or both throw the bombs; both will be at war with Iran and its proxies: Qatar, Hezbollah, Houthis, and possibly Jordan and others. When (not if) the Allies have won, Iranians will be free, and democracy, peace, and safety will ‘erupt’ around the world, may it be soon. People who want Gantz to take over now don’t know what we’d be missing. After Bibi is done, not now, in the middle. Meanwhile, Gantz gets good lessons on how not to be a naïve politician. It will serve him greatly for many years.

8. Just as Ben Gvir and Gantz manage to sit in one administration, Israel can stay united, doesn’t need new elections, and will minimize the deaths of our soldiers and civilians and those of the enemy countries and troupes. The demonstrations now are unrelated to those before the Oct. 7th attack. The earlier ones were broadly carried from the Center to the Left. Those now are mostly by an extremist left-left minority cloaked as the same. The ultra-Right ‘fury’ about ceasefires is just to win votes in the next elections.

Before the last elections, I went to Bibi’s town hall meeting for English-speakers amidst MAGA crazies and other fanatics. When Bibi arrived, the yell ‘Four more years,’ suggested and prepped by the organizers, quickly turned into ‘Ten more years,’ to which Bibi gestured: that’s a bit much. It seems he already had no ambition to do this any longer than this term.

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